Promise: Short Stories From Promise Goodday [NOOK Book]

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Promise - Short Stories from Promise Goodday
These scorching short stories are taken from the novel Promise Goodday. Pete the serial rapist/killer meets his fate in an abandoned amusement park in the The story "End of the Line." In "Goose Steps" you meet Promise, sassy yet innocent and unaware of the fate about to befall her. It all converges later in the searing heartbreaking novel.

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Overview

Promise - Short Stories from Promise Goodday
These scorching short stories are taken from the novel Promise Goodday. Pete the serial rapist/killer meets his fate in an abandoned amusement park in the The story "End of the Line." In "Goose Steps" you meet Promise, sassy yet innocent and unaware of the fate about to befall her. It all converges later in the searing heartbreaking novel.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045068420
  • Publisher: Wes Writers & Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Series: CW Harvey
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 106,795
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

Charles W. Harvey is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston. He has studied fiction under the guidance of Rosellen Brown and Chitra Divakaruni at U of H. He has studied poetry under Joyce James and Cynthia MacDonald. In 1987, Charles was a 1st place prize recipient of PEN/Discovery for Cheeseburger, which went on to be published in the Ontario Review. In 1989 Charles Harvey was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston Grant for Writers and Artists. Also in 1989 he was a finalist in the MacDonald's Literary Achievement Awards. Charles has been published in Soulfires, Story Magazine SHADE, High Infidelity, The James White Review, and others. He is the author of the novels The Butterfly Killer and The Road to Astroworld. He is also the author of several story and poetry collections. He is happy to be a part of Wes Writers and Publishers.Smashwords Author InterviewWhere did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?I think growing up in the south is a huge influence for me. Houston may be metropolitan in some ways, but it's not that far from Louisiana or Mississippi. So it's definitely the south in my opinion. I think southerners have a lot of stories to tell. Black and white southerners have their stories about race and about people in general. My Mother and Grandmother had lots of stories to tell about Mississippi where they grew up.Houston being metropolitan also had a very predominant inner city especially in the 60's and 70's. Carl Hampton was a Black Panther party leader killed in Houston. That energy framed my teen writing in those days when I wrote poetry. I think I was trying to write about the conditions of "my people."When did you first start writing?I first started writing in seventh grade. I wrote a poem about the moon landing. Being an only child forced me to have an active imagination. My mother and I made up stories about people in our neighborhood. We even gave them names such as "Hot Shot" "Dipsy Doo" "Drunko" "Muleface" "Dotted Cap" The names reflected something about their personality, "Drunko" or an article of clothing they wore all the time, "Dotted Cap." Sometimes we drew crude cartoons. They were crude because neither of us could draw a straight line.When I was in 12th grade I wrote a little skit for an English assignment. The teacher fell in love with it. She thought I had some kind of talent.I did well in my English and literature classes in college, but really didn't know much about how to "become" a writer. So I studied business. My goal then was to earn a lot of money, retire early, and become a writer. While in college, I didn't write a thing except term papers for class. Too much outside work keeps one from being a writer. That's why many of us hate having to have a day job.After I finished college I found a job working three days a week as a Computer Operator. I enjoyed having the days off. I realized I was kind of bored. So I thought about going back to school for some classes. I thought about taking some classes in computer programming to increase my knowledge in that area. However at the same time I wanted to write. I had a novel in me. But I had no idea about the mechanics of writing. I read a lot. But I wasn't sure about the mechanics of things quotation marks and some other things. So I had a choice: Take some course in COBOL programming or take this Creative writing course. There was a scheduling conflict, so I had to choose one or the other. I chose the creative writing course.The teacher Rosellen Brown fell in love with my work and was very encouraging. The course and being around a creative environment released a well of creativity in me from the mid to late 80's. I wrote poems at the drop of a hat. Penned several plays that actually got produced: "The Lifeline" and "The Ladies and the Iron Ball"I also won a very important prize which I will talk about later.What's the story behind your latest books The "Road to Astroworld" and "Odd Voices in Love"?The Road to Astroworld has had a long journey. And it's still not finished. Although it's published at another site. I'm still making changes and updates. That's the beauty of digital publishing. You can have an idea and update your book. That doesn't mean make huge revisions, because that would be a different book and confuse your readers. But The Road to Astroworld was written by hand in the tail end of the 80's. I went to a writer's conference in Austin Texas in the 1994 and met an agent. I think she saw a sample of my work and asked to see the novel. She loved it. It was shopped all over the place. She really worked hard in trying to place it. Although it received wonderful comments from Editors, no one would buy it. I put it away. Made some attempts to revise it because I thought it was no good. When I reread the rejection letters, I thought they didn't reject it because it was a bad novel with bad writing, most said it wasn't "right" for them. Which means to me, they couldn't place it in the marketplace. I've decided to self publish after some extensive editing and character changes. So I'll see in the coming weeks.Odd Voices in Love is my story collection. Most of them have had prior publication in anthologies and now out of print literary magazines. The most popular story, When Dogs Bark was published in five places including Story Magazine. Red Underwear was published in Story. Cheeseburger won the 1987 PEN/Southwest Discovery Prize, selected by Joyce Carol Oates and was published in The Ontario Review a Magazine edited by Joyce's husband. Perhaps it sounds like long ago, but it gives me some footing as a writer.Does all of that matter in this world of paranormal and vampire stories? I don't know. Time will tell.What motivated you to become an indie author?The motivation is the need to speed things up. I don't have years to spend waiting for an agent and a publisher. Although I do think they're still important in the business. I think some books need them. One also hopes the financial rewards will be good. Some writers have made out well.I kind of like the business side. I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Being an Indie author kind of lets me wear two hats.But the drawback is that it seems that only certain genres have any success. Also retailers seem to change the rules right in the middle of the game without warning. I don't know of any other business where this is allowed. An indie author can be coasting along with hundreds of sales a month then suddenly drop down to a few dozen or less. Now that part of the business is shameful and that's a matter that ought to be looked at by the courts.How has Smashwords contributed to your success?I like Smashwords because it seems very democratic with what it allows to be published. It also pushes out to a large distribution channel. The style guide that Mark Coker published has been very helpful to me to keep my books looking decent on many eReaders.Becoming an indie author was supposed to level the playing field. It might have for a moment. However the large retailers have changed things and it seems to me for some odd reason, they are doing everything to drive indie authors under a rock. I know there have been many abuses of review buying and swapping. But I think the medicine they have applied to remedy this has been too harsh.What is the greatest joy of writing for you?I like to tell my stories the way I want to tell them. Writing is kind of cathartic. Many times a piece of writing starts with a voice in my head or an image. I like to write what I'd like to read. I like a book with great sentences. I like symbolism and metaphor. I do like some genres, but I'm not interested in a formula.I think life is full of irony. I don't believe in happy endings for the sake of happy endings. Good fiction should mirror life. Sometimes the good guy loses. Although his good deed may live on long afterward. To me that's the truth of life. I may not win over many readers with all of my stories and books. I know fiction is about "lying." But I don't care for the kind of lies in many fantasy stories that seem to be popular on the market right now. Magic spells and chanting seem odd in adult books.Who are your favorite authors?I started out reading anything I could when I was a kid. There were few books in our house. I liked Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes when I could get them.I think my favorite authors today are E Annie Proulx and Toni Morrison. I love their descriptions. I love how they pull one into the world of their characters. I guess characters a lot more than plot shape my writing.My all time favorite book has been Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It's one of the few books I can pick up and just read passages any time. Ignatius and the whole cast are just nuts. The story of the book getting published after the writer's suicide is an interesting one.What inspires you to get out of bed each day?Writing. Although I do a lot in bed.When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?I wish I could say reading. But normally on the internet playing games. I do read though but not like I should. Plus being an indie writer means tackling things like covers and websites. I've done my own. Some I like and some need help. I'm getting a little better I think. I read a lot of writing news. But I'm not sure how important all of that is unless I start publishing other people's work. Following trends and a lot of news is kind of meaningless because the rules change so fast.How do you discover the ebooks you read?I like Bookbub. I get their emails. They have the kinds of books I'd like to read. Sometimes I ran across something on twitter. I still love physical books. I like owning and holding a book in my hands. Has anyone worked out a way for us to pass our favorite books and music on to the next generation if they're all digital? How is a mother suppose to pass on her favorite cookbook to her daughter on a digital device? You know today's current technology is going to be obsolete in 10 years. Then what?Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?It was something I wrote in my creative writing class about a king and his knights or something. I will have to look for it.What is your writing process?It used to be everything had to be written in longhand in a notebook then typed into the computer. That process worked until the digital age demanded faster. NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writers Month) held in November got me out of that habit. I still like to print something out and read it away from the computer. At some point I like to do a read through without a pen in my hand. Just read and make mental notes on what to fix later or make a quick jot in the margin. But to get a book done quicker, you have to do more on screen stuff.That's also the beauty of NANOWRIMO. It's a great way to blow a novel out of your system. One is forced to write X number off words a day to make it to that magical 50,000 words at then end of November. Are you producing a novel ready to be published? Probably not. I view it as a long outline ready to be fleshed out and shaped. Unless you're a genius, it'd be crazy to try and self publish anything right out of NANO.Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?The first thing I ever read that had an impact I can remember is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. I loved that book. How do I know a book has made and impact on me? I want to write the screenplay for the movie. That's really what a novel is--a screenplay with a lot more words. Although please don't use stage directions in your novels. If you say, Sue turned to the right and walked out the door, I'll probably not want to read much more.How do you approach cover design?The worse way...do it myself. But I look for an image to convey something about the book or story and enhance it with various online editing tools. I'm liking Shutterstock and picmonkey right now. As you will see I've done a fair job with some covers. I do plan to go to a pro in the future.What are your five favorite books, and why?I'll just list them. One I've talked about.Confederacy of Dunces by ToolePostcards by E. Annie ProulxThe Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonHogg by Samuel DelaneyHogg is a peculiar book and awful book in a lot of ways. I don't recommend it to the Church Mothers crowd.What do you read for pleasure?All of my reading is pleasure.What is your e-reading device of choice?iPad Mini. I can have all of my book apps in one place.What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?I'm still working on that. I'm hoping a good book is enough. That may be a poor idea. I don't know. However I preview a lot of books. And I think what a shame for authors to spend hundreds of dollars and countless hours hawking books that aren't ready for primetime. So the thing is to make sure your book is the best it can be. I'm going to take my own advice. In the old days pre 2011 a book had a better chance to be discovered. I'm not sure if that's the case today. I've been baffled as to why some things took off and some didn't. Make sure the reader feels like they're getting a good value for the buck. I think it's better to do story collections rather than a lot of shorts. The retailers for the most part lump everything as a book. So is the customer going to spend $2.99 for a short story or 99 cents for a novel that's had good reviews?Describe your deskMessy. That's why I write in bed or out on the patio. To get away from the clutter.Why is this Interview so Long?Just kidding. It has been fun.Published 2013-08-22.Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader. Create your own interview!
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